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Staying Above Reproach

7 rules to help volunteer leaders protect themselves and the kids they serve.

Staying Above Reproach

Teens are among the most unpredictable individuals on the planet. One moment, they're independent with almost adult-like qualities, but at the next can be childlike and dependent upon adults. Providing the appropriate amount of guidance is a common concern for volunteer youth leader. But there are risks to working with students, too. These seven rules will help provide "defensive" guidance to help you avoid situations that may compromise your ministry and the well being of those you serve.

1. The "never alone" rule. Leaders should take care to always meet with students in the presence of a third party. When a youth worker is alone with a teen, he is placing his future in the teen's hands, since most authorities will give the benefit of the doubt to the teen, not the adult leader. Avoid this situation by always having a third party present when meeting with a teen. ...

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Frank Sommerville is an attorney and shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P. C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas, and an Editorial Advisor for Church Law & Tax.

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  • March 1, 2013

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